Image of Meadhbh Ginnane ’21 and Trudy Fadding ’23

Alumni Support Student Internships with a Cause

One hundred and thirty six Williams students received funding to pursue their dreams through the ’68 Center for Career Exploration’s wINTERNship program held in January 2021.

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“Pine Cello” by Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24

  Very early on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24, Scott Lewis, Director of the Williams Outing Club, and a few friends made the 1.6 mile hike to the top of the Pine Cobble trail in Williamstown. As the sun rose above the distant hills, Tasan performed his original composition “Pine Cello,” inspired by…

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Williams College groundkeeper Jimmy Menard wears a black face mask and stands in front of the football field.

A Williams Life

On January 22, 2021, longtime groundskeeper Jimmy Menard retired after 36 years with Williams. If you ever watched a soccer game, attended an alumni event or sat through commencement, chances are, Menard was working behind the scenes. Among other duties with athletics, he maintained natural grass and artificial turf playing fields, smoothed the ice at…

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A group of men and women perform a step routine on stage.

Unlocking the Story of Step

Maxine Lyle ’00 had been leading a group of dancers in rehearsals when the studio owner asked if they could “step softer.” Bewildered, Lyle thought to herself, “The last thing you should ever ask a Step dancer to do is step softer!” In what seemed to Lyle like retaliation for the noise, the owner of…

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Welcome Assistance

Bilingual and multi-lingual members of the Williams community are helping to support people immigrating to the U.S. by providing free translations of documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, school transcripts and diplomas, and financial statements. The service, which members of the Williams Translation Project (WTP) provide through local immigration centers, could otherwise cost applicants…

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A graphic depiction of the West Nile Virus.

Understanding West Nile Virus

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bob Rawle recently published a paper that corrects some misunderstandings about how the West Nile Virus operates and creates a pathway for further research that could lead to the development of an anti-viral drug in the future. Chemistry majors Olivia Graceffa ’22 and Abe Park ’22 contributed to his research and…

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A blond woman kneels on the floor to sew adjustments into a blue dress that a model is wearing.

Finding Her Yes

Some people want to follow a blueprint for their lives, planning each careful step along the way. Meanwhile, Allison Achauer ’93, tailor to the stars, says she prefers to fly by the seat of her well-made pants. When she signed up for a course in costume design with Williams Lecturer in Theater Deb Brothers, Achauer…

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A map of India includes an ad for Southasian Himal magazine.

At the Helm of Himal Southasian

Originally from Nepal, Shubhanga Pandey ’17 studied astrophysics at Williams and stayed up to date on happenings from home by reading Himal Southasian magazine. The 30-year-old print and online publication was known as the South Asian New Yorker, featuring longform pieces on politics that Pandey says kept him connected to a place that is largely…

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Hands-on Learning

When the pandemic closed Williams’ campus in the spring of 2020, Allie Campbell ’21 started tutoring elementary and middle school students remotely from her hometown in New Hampshire. She returned to Williams in the fall, eager to connect with young students in a practical, hands-on way. She signed on as a writing fellow with the…

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Blue ocean waters are seen swirling around rocks on the coast.

Blurring the Boundaries

The Global Ocean, taught this semester by the five faculty members who constitute the Williams-Mystic program, is among several new courses introducing Williams students to the interdisciplinarity of the sea.

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